Indianapolis is a foodie’s dream. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional comfort food or are in the mood for an innovative spin on dishes you’ve grown to love, you’ll find it here. From fine dining to family-friendly restaurants — there’s something for everyone. And as the city continues to grow, so does the variety of options. Whether you’re in the mood for an Italian meal or an American favorite, there’s a restaurant that you’ll love in Indianapolis. Here are five must-try restaurants in the city.
1. Sangiovese Ristorante (9708 District, North St Suite 920 Fishers)
Just because you’re in Fishers doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an upscale Italian meal at a high-end restaurant. Located just south of IKEA on 920 Fishers, Sangiovese is a swanky eatery that’s great for date night or lunch with friends and family — as long as you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks for your meal.
Dinner here will cost at least $50 per person, and specials on Wednesdays often include wine pairings with appetizers or dishes like herb butter risotto cakes to go along with entrees for just $20 more than if you ordered them separately. Regardless of what you order, expect fresh ingredients and impeccable service.
So, give yourself enough time to explore their full menu, which features traditional options like chicken Parmesan and veal parmesan as well as unexpected fare such as jumbo lump crab linguine. You’ll also find an array of wine pairing options that are sure to please even the pickiest drinkers.
2. Convivio (11529 Spring Mill Rd Carmel)
In-house pasta makers, real Italian mozzarella, and a custom charcuterie program? You’ve gotta check out what Convivio has to offer in its modern dining room with multiple large-screen TVs, ample tables, and elegant decor. But even though you’re in an upscale atmosphere, prices at Convivio are surprisingly affordable — a welcome change from some of other pricier places in Indy that sometimes charge for basic ingredients.
Items on their menu include butternut squash fettuccine alfredo, chicken parmesan with truffle cream sauce, roasted salmon medallions with arugula salad, and Proscuitto wrapped stuffed dates, among many others. Definitely leave room for dessert — especially if you order one of their signature creme brulee options!
3. Ale Emporium (8617 Allisonville Rd Indianapolis)
This is a great place to enjoy an upscale meal without dropping too much cash. Located in a vintage building on Allisonville Road, it’s hard to miss — so take note! Great for lunch, dinner, or an afternoon snack and just around 30 minutes from Downtown Indy, Ale Emporium features both a traditional menu and one with more unique options like mouthwatering sandwiches such as meatball parmigiana and Caprese sandwiches or calzones with fresh ingredients.
Pair your meal with classic cocktails like martinis, cosmopolitans, sangria margaritas, or wine-by-the-glass options before venturing over to their dessert menu, where you’ll find customizable treats like ice cream sandwiches or gelato sundae flights available at all times of day!
4. Rize (2721 E 86th St Suite 120)
Give yourself a break from your usual go-to spot and try something new, like Rize! Located in a charming neighborhood off of Fall Creek Road in Indy’s Northeast side, Rize is unique because it’s fully equipped with state-of-the-art pizza ovens that allow chefs to make authentic Neapolitan pizzas in as little as 90 seconds!
Options here range from white cheese and red sauce to seafood and pepperoni — you’ll have to give them all a try! Best of all, chicken hash, salads, appetizers, wine-by-the-glass options, and desserts are also available for those who aren’t looking for a traditional slice or two but still want to enjoy a great meal.
5. Caplinger’s Fresh Catch (7460 Shadeland Ave)
Want to enjoy a fresh, simple meal without all of the extra stuff? If so, Caplinger’s is your place! Choose from mouthwatering entrees like fish tacos, Asian salmon salad with sesame ginger dressing, pecan fried catfish bites, and more at prices that are extremely easy on your wallet! And for those who want something light and just as tasty but aren’t in need of a meal? You can stop by here any time to pick up locally caught seafood to bring home and make into whatever you feel like or take advantage of their daily specials. Plus — don’t miss their delicious fried seafood options like hushpuppies, crab balls, and tempura shrimp! Stop by during lunch or dinnertime; they’re open six days a week.